You must have a valid electrical certificate or license from us to perform electrical work in Washington. Electrical work has a broad definition and covers a wide range of electrical activities. It can be as large as a multi-million dollar industrial power distribution and control system or as small as a camera or speaker system with limited energy.
Businesses interested in working in electrical construction or telecommunications must obtain a permit from the department.
Individuals involved in electrical installation or working in the electrical construction industry must be certified as an electrician or master electrician. Those studying for the electrical construction trade must hold an electrical training certificate.
To study to become an electrician, you need to start as an apprentice. An electrical trainee must have a certificate of internship and work under the supervision of a qualified electrician. Trainees who wish to be certified as a travel-level electrician or work on a commercial job site after July 1, 2023 must also register for an approved apprenticeship program.
To become a certified general travel-level or professional electrician, you must have the required experience and education and pass the appropriate exams. Those who wish to become certified as a travel-level electrician after July 1, 2023, must complete an approved apprenticeship program. These individuals are certified to work for a licensed electrical contractor, perform electrical installations and supervise electrical trainees.
To become an electrical superintendent, you must pass a qualifying exam. An electrical superintendent ensures that electrical contractors work in compliance with electrical laws and regulations. Administrators are not certified as electrical trade installers unless they also hold an electrician's certificate or an electrical trainee certificate and work under the supervision of a certified electrician.
To become a telecommunications administrator, you must pass a qualifying exam. The Telecommunications Administrator ensures that the electrical work of telecommunications contractors complies with electrical laws and regulations.
To perform electrical work, you must obtain an electrical contractor's license from us. You must have a valid UBI number, a $4,000 bond or savings allotment, and a designated master electrician or administrator. It is the responsibility of the lead electrician or electrical superintendent to ensure that the company complies with the appropriate laws and rules.
To perform telecommunications work, you must obtain a Telecommunications Contractor's License from us. You must have a valid UBI number, a $4,000 electrical/telecommunications bond or savings allotment, and a minimum of $170,000 in general liability insurance. The designated Telecommunications Administrator's responsibility is to ensure that the company complies with the appropriate laws and rules.
To become a Master Electrician, you must have the required experience as an electrician and take and pass the appropriate exam. Master electricians are certified as administrators to ensure that electrical contractors are working in compliance with electrical laws and rules. They also have access to the tools of the trade for performing electrical installations and supervising electrical trainees.
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